Prague National Gallery is the second oldest art collecting institution in Europe after Louvre! Prague Gallery houses the largest collection of art objects in the Czech Republic, 399,000 items, all exhibited in various buildings.
Buildings and Exhibitions of Prague National Gallery
An important thing to know about The National Gallery is that it's exhibitions are located in multiple buildings which are located in different parts of Prague. Here is a quick overview of which artworks are located in which building.
- Trade Fair Palace or Veletrzni Palac is one of the largest functionalist architectural examples in the country. The palace was finished in 1928, but only in the late '90s became a seat of the Prague National Gallery. If you are looking for an art gallery to spend the whole day in, definitely visit the Trade Fair Palace! Permanent exhibitions: "1796–1918: Art of the Long Century", "1918-1938: The First Czechoslovak Republic", "1930-present: Czech modern art."
- Kinsky Palace is a Baroque building located on the Old Town Square. It has temporary exhibitions only, so we recommend visiting the National Gallery's official website beforehand.
- The convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is the oldest Gothic structure in the city. Unfortunately, it doesn't get half of the tourist attention that it deserves. It has the best collection of Medieval art of 1200-1550 in its permanent exhibition and even an app that allows you to see all the secrets of these centuries-old paintings!
- Another great place to visit is the Schwarzenberg Palace located in the Castle District Square. It is one of the biggest Renaissance palaces in Prague decorated with sgraffito technique. Permanent exhibition: Old Masters - Renaissance and Baroque art.
Our Local Guide Tip
- On certain days, Prague National Gallery will open its doors without asking you to pay for a ticket. If you are lucky to be traveling to Prague on the International Museum Day (May 17th), Founding of Czechoslovakia (October 28th), or Freedom and Democracy day (November 17th), you will be able to look at the works of art for free. Do not worry, the list of the days when there is no admission continues :)
- People younger than 27 years old also get a free entrance!
- Want to admire works of art without leaving your bed? No problem! 2,000 art objects were already turned into their digital form in the Prague National Gallery's online collection.
What artworks can you see in Prague National Gallery?
You will see the original paintings of Albrecht Dürer, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso as well as Czech artists – Václav Hollar, Josef Václav Myslbek, Toyen, Jan Preisler, František Kupka, Zdenìk Sýkora and Adriena Šimotová.
Tickets and opening hours of the Prague National Gallery
- Ticket price varies depending on the exhibition. You can go wild and get a 10-days pass to all permanent exhibitions of NGP for 500 CZK.
- All of the above-mentioned buildings are opened on Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10.00–18.00 and Wed: 10.00–20.00.
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Author: Valeriia Zahradnikova and Vaclav Zahradnik, Prague guides certified by Prague City Tourism agency. Valeriia and Vaclav have worked in tourism for over 6 years and have guided thousands of Prague visitors.